So…What happened in 2011

  • Trips. For the first time I travelled more than 40 000 km in one year. This includes my first trip outside Europe with an unforgettable time in Nepal. Other trips included the Netherlands, Italy, Hungary, twice to France, twice to Czech Republic and a road trip in Norway.
  • Jesus Revolution groups. This year we saw more than 10 groups starting all around Europe, in Switzerland, Czech Republic, Norway, Spain and Germany.
  • The position of boss of the house shifted to a little girl and we discovered that the next in command will come on Mai 31st, a little boy that will carry the Hockley name down another generation.
  • My first year of leading the work of Jesus Revolution has been fruitful, and working with a team of 10 wonderful department leaders has been an immense blessing.
  • I am starting on my 10th year working with Jesus Revolution. Time flies!
  • I dealt with more than 3700 emails…
  • Guro and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary!

What happened in the world in 2011?

Arab Spring

Arab Spring

Japan Tsunami

Japan Tsunami - Courtesy of j808armada

The royal wedding

Royal Wedding - Courtesy of Defence Images

Death of Bin Laden

Death of Bin Laden

New country: South Sudan Independence

South Sudan Independence - Photo Courtesy of Babasteve

9/11 10 Years Commemoration

9/11 10 Years Later - Photo Courtesy of JasonePowell

Death of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Norway: Terrorist attacks on Utøya

Rose by Utøya - Photo courtesy of NRK P3

Bed of roses in Oslo - Photo courtesy of Heroes and Me

Beautiful and Broken

This post was born out of a discussion I recently had with some friends. We were discussing the fact that “sin” is a very Christian word and that it is hard to explain it to people on the streets. Have you ever thought of that? How do you explain sin in a post-modern context? People have so many associations to the word itself that sometimes just the mention of it can make them cringe and sneer in disdain.

When I was thinking about this one morning, the word brokenness came to my mind. I believe that it is common ground for every human being that has ever lived. When we look at the world, we see so many beautiful things, the nature, beautiful skies, mountains, oceans, we see love, kindness and goodness. Yet when the TV is turned on, and the news of rape, murder, wars and hatred fill our screens, we quickly understand that something is not as it should be, something is broken.

Now, if we are humble and honest with ourselves, when we look into our own hearts, we are presented with the same picture. We see beauty, love, kindness, goodness, yet we also brokenness, since we do the bad things which we know we shouldn’t do, and many times find ourselves incapable of doing the good we know we should do. Something is broken.

The word broken is interesting because it means that something is not fulfilling it’s original purpose. If a car is broken, it is not able to take you where you should go. Well then, does not our sense of brokenness indicate an original purpose in which we are not living? This sense of meaning would not arise if we were purely the random product of matter and energy. Yet the quest for meaning is haunting, and a universal human experience. There must be a higher purpose. The original purpose is connection and relationship with our Creator. It is the brokenness of that relationship that brings brokenness to this world, and ultimately brokenness to our own hearts.

I have found that most people I speak with in the streets are willing to recognize this brokenness inside. To recognize that a broken relationship with the Creator requires a greater step, but at least we have managed to explain “sin” in a good way!